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virginia and north carolina. 6 inches in d.c., 9 inches in virginia beach. and now the big issue, is that there's so much cold across a lot of the country, widespread teens this morning in the northeast and the ohio valley, down into parts of the south, we have not warmed up that much. now at about 15 in d.c., 22 in norfolk. we are going to get just above freezing in north carolina and in tennessee there will be some melting that goes on but we'll be refreezing tonight. tomorrow morning once again the roads not cleared could be slick as you head to work. now across most of the country, it's pretty quiet today. there's not that much going on. a lot of quiet weather in the middle of the country. little rain and snow in the west. going to see bouts of that over the course of the next week. the next bigger storm will move in by midweek. wednesday, we see rain spreading into texas. that rain is going to blossom across the southeast going into thursday. then on friday, once again, we are going to set up an area of snow and sleet and freezing rain in pretty much the same areas,
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north carolina and getting knew virginia and alex, we think that low will intensify make its way into the northeast on saturday. another snowstorm on the way for the same areas, this time probably including new york city on saturday. back to you. >> you know, carl, granted it's winter out there, but this last week seemed to be particularly rough with the combination of the cold and the wind. i mean, it just is so bitter. is this going to extend through the rest of this winter as well? >> gosh, it's really hard to say. you get bouts of really cold air and then mild for a time. we had a blocking high that set up over greenland we had the huge cold outbreak about three weeks ago and then it got really mild for a long time, temperatures were 10 and 15 degrees above average. now we're back into that cold. it's really difficult to predict exactly when these waves are going to occur. in the foreseeable future, a little bit milder but still pretty chilly. back to you. >> okay. carl parker, thank you very much for that. from atlanta. we'll check in with you again. and for the weather where you are and get the travel forecast to do that just head to
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weather.com. let's go to politics and the future of the federal deficit. tomorrow, president obama will send his proposed 2011 budget to congress. "the new york times" says it is a $3.8 trillion spending plan that increases funding for education, research programs, struggling states as well, and nbc's mike viqueira at the white house with us. with a good sunday morning to you, mike. >> good morning, alex. >> this white house says the budget is going to save $20 billion next year. where are the savings? >> well, $20 billion out of a budget as you mentioned of $3.8 trillion ain't much, but it's a start. that's what the white house will tell you. a lot is symbolic. the president is proposing a three-year freeze on discretionary spending. keep everything the way it is for the next three years. that sounds like it would really trim a lot of money as well, but when you exempt defense and a lot of other mandatory spending on programs like medicaid and medicare doesn't add up to that much in terms of the percentage of the total budget. at any rate, yes, yesterday the
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white house revealed they will make some trims do consolidations. the federal government is a vast far-flung bureaucracy and all kinds of agencies tucked away, abandoned, people who deal with abandoned mines, brown fields, education programs that they feel are due milktive, they're going to trim and consolidate a lot of that altogether 120 programs and that's where they'll get the $120 billion that you're talking about, alex. overall the budget is still going to be very large and a lot of freeze and spending and some of the trims are not going to make people on both sides of the aisles happy. democrats are already talking about the fact that the defense spending is being exempted from the spending freeze and republicans look at the overall level of cuts and say this is a drop in the bucket, of course. the size of the government, the size of the deficit, the size of the budget is something republicans hope to run on in the fall. it's going to be very controversial. it comes out tomorrow. big ritual in washington surrounding the annual release of the budget. tomorrow morning at the government printing office,
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alex. >> okay. so mike, i have a question and this is a real importance. we're talking about georgetown/duke basketball game. the president was there. that was a big hullabaloo but joined the broadcaster in announcing part of the game. how did he do? >> he seemed it to do all right. it was kind of funny. he was huddled with top advisers the day he got back from the interesting encounter with republicans up the road here in baltimore. huddled with top advisers. they were courtside. the vice president was there, david axelrod was there. the deputy chief of staff was there. the press secretary was there. all watching georgetown and duke. two powerhouses. not in the same conference, but still, have been preeminent basketball programs for a long time. georgetown is like a mile away. practically looking at the spires of hely hall. the president made the trip. he stopped by the broadcasters at courtside and one of them asked him, they played a little video of the president playing basketball. he pointed out the president is left-handed. he noticed when the president drives to the basket he goes up
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left-handed. the announcer asked him can you go to your right? the president said i just got back from the republican caucus yesterday. so there you to. >> that was pretty good. peter fam was making the deal about getting out by 11:30, had to get to the game. tweets from john decker, i'm sitting courtside looking at the president. rub it in. >> a lot of people were excited. we want to get into a hockey game. the capitals are doing well. >> thank you very much, mike viqueira. a programming note. watch an msnbc special rebroadcast of the president's q and a time with the gop. that happened on friday and it's going to happen again today for you if you want to hear it at noon on "msnbc sunday." to new word out of haiti today, on ten americans that have been detained in port-au-prince. those ten part of an idaho church group were arrested after they tried to transport 33 haitian children across the boarder. michele kosinski has more from
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port-au-prince. >> reporter: this group of ten people from a baptist church in idaho had to spend last night in a haitian jail and looks like they're going to have to spend tonight there, too, accused of child trafficking. that sounds very serious, but they say all they were trying to do was move 33 orphans from their destroyed orphanage in haiti to another orphanage in the dominican republic. they had a list of every child's name and age and signed permission from the pastors of both of those orphanages. but, obviously, that was not enough. they told us that they were told that when they got to the dominican border more paperwork would be waiting for these orphans. but obviously that was not the case. they were arrested at the border and then taken back to port-au-prince where they were processed, asked to sign papers saying they were being charged with child trafficking. but they refused to do so. we were able to talk with them a little bit last night. it appeared they were being treated well. the jail is not terrible or anything like that. the conditions were clean and they were all being kept in a
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sort of large room together. we know that the embassy is working with them, some representatives of the u.s. embassy met with them last night. we were able to talk to police at length about this situation. the police themselves were very relaxed about it. they said that this is all just a formality. it didn't seem that anyone felt that these were people who were doing anything wrong, that they were well-meaning people, but now they have to go through this process. and we're told that they will have to face a judge tomorrow. back to you. >> all right. michele kosinski thanks for that. also today the family of one of the americans being detained in haiti is speaking out. 23-year-old sherresa's colters parents say she was trying to follow the rules and do good. >> we know her heart and she went to help, not to hurt anybody or to do anything wrong. >> their attempt was to share the best. they want to bring kids out who have no home, who have no
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parents, who have no hope, and this was an attempt to give them the hope that they've lost in haiti. >> now, all this, of course, taking place against the backdrop of increased tensions over the safety of haiti's children. fears of child trafficking have prompted government leaders to suspend adoptions. the government requires the prime minister to personally authorize the departure of any child from the country. we're hearing today that toyota may announce how to -- how it plans to fix the fally gas pedals that sparked the massive worldwide recall. the associated press reports the company is set to make the announcement monday morning and the replacement parts could arrive at dealers as early as the end of the week. new word the problems may not end with these recalls. a los angeles times investigation found crashes resulting in at least 19 deaths all involving cars made by toyota or its lexus division. >> we believe that the problem could be more than that and that it's not entirely sure these two
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recalls will take care of the problem. >> toyota says 4.2 million vehicles worldwide have the faulty gas pedals which caused the cars to suddenly accelerate. full page ads aimed at reassuring customers are set to appear in 20 major newspapers and what can you do to avoid an accident if your car accelerates suddenly? experts say use both feet to apply strong pressure on the brake pedal, shift to neutral and then shut off the ignition preferably after steering that car to a safe stop. rip torn is due in a connecticut courtroom tomorrow after police found him intoxicated and armed inside a bank. police in salisbury say they believe torn was drunk at the time of his arrest on friday. the cops say torn was carrying a loaded firearm without a permit. he is charged with burglary criminal trespass and criminal mischief. he has been in trouble with the law including a number of dui charges including a december 2008 arrest that produced this mug shot. still ahead this hour --
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today police are chasing down new leads in the death of virginia tech student morgan harrington. dozens of her friends gathered outside her home to remember her friday night. the group prayed and sang "amazing grace." the 20-year-old disappeared mid-october during a me teleka concert. her remains discovered in a remote virginia field this past week. for more i'm joined by criminal profiler pat brown.
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good morning to you. >> good morning, alex. >> so, sad ending to this case, though not altogether unexpected as the time passed. i understand the discovery of morgan's remains triggered a surge of tips to investigators. where does the investigation stand? >> well, in this particular case, i think the investigation has a pretty good place to go and this is unusual in a case where a girl is grabbed and is found some place in a wooded area out in a field. usually you have absolutely no idea who to look for. the public may turn in tips but they're usually not meaningful. in this particular case morgan's body was found on private property. which is extremely unusual. when somebody picks private property to put a body on, that usually means they have some connection to that property. they know no one is going to go to that point of the property and find the body. they know that farmer wasn't going to be out in his fields for a long time. we have a small suspect pool, someone who is connected to the farmer, perhaps lived on his property or someone who is
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allowed on his property or he knew came on their property or one of the neighbors around the property. so at least we have a small suspect pool. those tips coming in, can actually help because people can look around and say, who do we know who has connection to that farm? >> okay. speaking of the police, here's some of what they said this week. they haven't said much. it's lake a listen to this. >> we discover from this time forward, we must be very careful because we have perpetrator or perpetrators at large that we certainly intend to catch and to prosecute. >> does this give you any inside into the investigation at all where they stand? >> no. i think that's pretty much a typical thing that the police always say, we're not going to say anything. >> yeah. >> they just -- i don't know why they always say that but that's the way they usually do it. i guess they're working on what they're working on and they don't necessarily think that giving us any more information at this point is going to help. and there is some reason to that. i wish they would say this. i wish they would say to people,
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what we're looking for. we're looking for somebody who knows this area very well, somebody who does know that farm or the area around that farm. please think about people in your life that you know who live in that area who might have been out that night, somewhere near the metallica concert who maybe acted strangely after the concert, hiding clothes, getting rid of stuff, maybe missing all night long when they were trying to get rid of morgan's body. a psychopath who has always been a problem in your life and you've always known you had issues. these are the things they need to tell the public to get the right tips in. >> and with regard to finding skeletal remains, here's some three months after she was missing, how much will they be able to determine of the manner in which she died and how much will that play into the investigation? >> well, that is a good question. it depends on skeletalized she is. where her clothes are at. whether they can be see any signs of damage to her bones or like throat area, for example,
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if there's any crushing that would show she was strangled. show plunging if they can show a knife that may have nicked a bone to show she was stabbed to death. this could help out. it's been a long time, so it's always hard to get a lot of evidence when it's been months and months. that's exactly what the perpetrator wants. he wanted that time to pass so the evidence would disappear. he was worried that if this body were found quickly, the crime could be connected to him. so that is a good point. so that's why we want to look at who would be worried about that. why would he think the crime would be connected to him if the body were found so quickly. >> okay. pat brown, as always we' appreciate your insights. thanks so much. let's take a look at the week on wall street ahead of us. noerpts barometer of how much the u.s. economy is recovering when the january jobs number is released. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke starts his second four-year term on monday. the nominations for the oscars are due to be announced. hollywood will be watching to see if those movies get a boost at the box office as a result of those nominations.
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there's new details this morning about one of the government's bailout programs. a new government report on the $700 billion bank t.a.r.p. program says lawmakers still have not addressed fundamental problems that triggered the financial crisis. for some perspective i want to bring in my next guest, ron a a former attorney for the security and exchange commission. good morning. thanks for being here. >> good morning as well. >> have lawmakers still not addressed the fundamental problems? >> the report that came out indicated two key things among many. one, that the banks that were too big to fail before, grew even larger due to the t.a.r.p. subsidies recently. and then second, the main purpose of the subsidies was to mitigate mortgage the banks taking back the assets and allow people to extend their mortgages as well as to add lending into our population. knighter of -- neither have really occurred. the administration is trying to improve the banks' behavior to
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mitigate foreclosure and also to increase bank lending. we're seeing different actions occurring. >> improving banks' behavior. something a lot of people will jump on. as the banks get bigger and further monopolize things how do you control that? >> one of the things we've seen with the t.a.r.p. money the government felt if i'm the biggest share holder at least i will have an ability to affect how the company will be run. we've seen the banks pay back the t.a.r.p. money, decreasing the government's ability to influence them. they're doing it proposing new taxes on some of the banks and also seeking to modify their behavior in the future. >> this report does acknowledge the t.a.r.p. program has brought some stability. but a lot of people are saying how about the trickle down effect to me? i'm not feeling it yet. when should they feel it and should they have already felt it? >> on some level i think it actually is starting to occur. we can look at it. there are multiple ways to look at it. first of all the gdp went up as large as it has in q4 up 5% larger than expected. if you read on the internet a
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lot of people's opinion on this viewed as a head fake because they don't perceive it to be a sustainable number. the reason why they don't perceive it to be sustainable number is they're saying companies for over a year, didn't go out and add to their inventories. those inventories dwindled to the point they had to go back out temporarily to increase them. that's why the number shot up. however, realize that our country is driven by the consumer and optically even if it's a head fake these numbers will have a positive effect on the consumer. the consumer index have been showing more positive trends. >> more positive trends. the big ones have to be creating jobs. will this increase in the fourth quarter, allow small business owners to say okay, i'm going to bet on america, bet on this economy, i'm going to increase and try to be more productive? >> to add to that, you're pointing on a good issue here, obama is proposing a tax credit to small businesses. we say small businesses -- the details of this are not out, we only have general information right now -- but he's capping
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the tax reimbursement back to 500,000 per company. in his mind, although it's not limited to big or small, it's intended so that more of the money gets fanned out around the country and $5,000 per employee. either for new hires in 2010 or increases in salary. they're trying to create or prevent an employer from firing some people, and then hiring people to replace them to get a tax credit. is this a good thing, going to trickle down? on some level it's presumed it will. they expect the tax credits will amount to about $33 billion in assets and it's hard to really tell whether it will be effective or not. the only way to determine that is to look at two other programs, a cash for clunkers. >> right. >> and look to the housing rebates. >> okay. >> with the cash for clunkers, of the 700,000 cars that were purchased during that time frame, they only expect about 18% of those cars actually resulted from the program. >> okay. well, twleefat least it got som.
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18,000 is better than no cars at all. coming up the president's plan to bring high-speed trains to america. will it work? panda party. they bid a farewell to one of the national zoo's most beloved guest, where he's going next on "msnbc sunday." time for your business entrepreneur of the week. they were down to their last $18,000. she took the lesson she learned losing 200 pounds and sunk into starting kim's light bagels and weight watcher meeting website. they have more than 1,000 website members. for more watch your business sunday morning at 7:30 on msnbc. >> made possible by american express open. visit open forum.com. pollen.
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panda has set in as fans of the giant panda bear tai shan get ready for a sad farewell. saturday the zoo held a good-bye party for the 4-year-old bear. the animal leaves for china on thursday. joining me is michael, reporter for "the washington post," and mike with a good sunday morning to you, this bear has been a super star in washington and why is that? >> absolutely. well, tai shan, the giant panda, former cub, is the only -- he's the only giant panda cub to survive infancy here at the national zoo in the almost 30
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years that giant pandas have been brought here from china. and he was a miracle baby, if you will, when he was born and he's been a super star sensation here ever since. >> i know you've braved the elements and were at the farewell party. how did the fans and those that gathered at the zoo react? >> people were just like sort of delirious. they have loved this animal for a long time for 4 1/2 years. the real hard-core fans. he has this sort of hold on folks. one of the interesting things that happened yesterday was a young guy in the neighborhood chose yesterday to propose to his girlfriend and got down on one knee in the middle of the snowstorm with the pandas in the background and pulled that engagement ring. >> did she say yes? >> she did. >> okay. well that's all good.
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>> yep. >> what about mei lan leaving as well, both going back to china. they're on loan. >> that's right. they're an endangered species in the world and they're sort of a precious and natural resource for china and they -- they're here in -- china owns all giant pandas in u.s. zoos and there's various arrangements. the cubs usually go back at a certain age to join a breeding programs. >> yeah. well, it's going to be a sad farewell. it happens thursday, right? >> yeah. absolutely. there's a fedex has donated a gigantic air freight airplane that's going to fly the two pandas nonstop from washington to china and there's going to be eight people and two pandas and a lot of empty space on this airplane. >> yeah. sounds like panda first class.
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all right. thank you very much, mike. appreciate your insights. >> still ahead, is america ready for a high-speed rail network? is $8 billion enough to do the job right? next, the president's controversial push for an american version of the bullet train. pain, you could end up taking 4 times the number... of pills compared to aleve. choose aleve and you could start taking fewer pills. just 2 aleve have the strength... to relieve arthris pain all day. trying to be good to your heart? so is campbell's healthy request soup. low in fat and cholesterol, heart healthy levels of sodium, and taste you'll love. guy: mmmm! chef: we're kind of excited about it. announcer: campbell's healthy request. introducing aveeno ultra-calming with active naturals feverfew. we know feverfew... has properties that help neutralize irritation... to strengthen skin and calm redness in just one week. discover new aveeno ultra-calming. is the only furniture polish with febreze freshness.
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msnbc is the place for politics. right now, the president's approval rating is a toss up following his state of the union speech. the latest gallup poll shows 47% of americans approve and 47% disappro disapprove. frank newport editor and chief of gallup poll. always good to see you on sunday mornings. >> good to be here. >> talk about the state of the union address. as this thing percolates in the minds of americans might he see a bump up. it was perceived to be a hearty sneech i don't know who it was
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perceived by. historically usually state of the union addresses do not make much difference. clinton's in 1998 he really jumped up in the monica lewinsky situation, focused on the economy and made people happier. so far, we've been interviewing our latest compilation, 47/47, wednesday, thursday, friday, a couple days after. so far that's no change at all. we'll see over the next several days. so far we're not seeing any bump. >> the president said in the state of the union that the economy is growing. let's take a look at what your poll tells us, just 38% of americans believe the economy is getting better. 57% say it's getting worse. can you put this into perspective for us? i mean, this is actually a bit more positive than in the past, despite the overwhelming that think it's getting worse? >> that's right. everything is relative. there were times when we had 20% more saying that economy was getting worse, you know, really hit the abyss as it were back in
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november of -- october/november of '08 into '09. things have gotten a little better but haven't gotten much better through last fall into this january. and if you look at it on an absolute basis, you still have two to one americans saying the economy is getting worse, not better. americans are still worried. >> the president said in the state of the union he has never been more hopeful about americans future and if we look at americans agree with him or not there are 63% that agree. they're optimistic or very optimistic about the future of the u.s. over the next 20 years. it's a higher level of optimism than was expressed as we were reaching the '80s the boom there. so can you interpret those numbers? do they tell anything to you? >> you're right. the optimism, it's good news. americans are positive and optimistic. that's 20 years out. more so than at other points in time. the late '70s were a terrible point in time. the gas the line and the hostages in iran. the problem is for the president, he did not say the state of the union is good. when we ask americans are we on
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the right track, wrong track, satisfied with the way things are going, that's about 20% of american right now. still a lot of problems out there. the problems are economic. americans tell us he recognized that, he said it in the speech. jobs are the number one problem we have. he has limited lee surss to -- resources to try to fix jobs. if he tries to use big government the public will push back from that. the public is leery of the government. >> while you may not have new numbers on this, traditionally his numbers in terms of personal popularity have remained high. how does that translate for a president when at least he's likable? does it help? >> well, i think the bottom line is the bottom line. and yes, his favorable number, you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of the president, higher than his approval number but the approval numbers are the more important one. for example, mid term elections it's the approval of the president which is really predixtive of how his party does over mid-term elections. to be 47% approve and the same disapprove is not good for a president. >> going to be some race out
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there. thank you. here's a programming note. watch an msnbc special rebroadcast of the president's q and a time with the gop. it airs today at noon eastern here on "msnbc sunday." at this hour tracking new developments on the arrest of a group of ten americans in haiti. we're learning the group of american bap it tests were asked by haitian police to sign an arrest document stating they were being charged with child trafficking. but they refused to do so. they were detained friday night after they attempted to take a group of 33 children across the boarder into a dominican republic hotel that they planned to convert into an orphanage. they are set to appear before a judge on monday. we'll have more on this story coming up. today, officials in new york say a fatal fire that ripped through a brooklyn building is being investigated as a possible case of arson. saturday's blaze collapsed part of the roof trapping people inside the three story building and five people were killed. four more including an infant and child were injured. it is the biggest investment in america's infrastructure in
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more than half a century and today president obama plans to build a modern high speed rail network that continues to get good reception from coast to coast. in all, 30 high-speed rail prompts received stimulus funding spanning 31 states in every region of the country. my next guest has an article asking the question, can high-speed rail succeed in america? "time" magazine reporter brian walsh joins me with more. good morning. >> as i pull up your article right here, take a look at the map. we have the map that shows the 13 high-speed rail corridors and our director will put that up. that will be the focus, pacific northwest and california, gulf coast and midwest and florida up the east coast, those areas right there. how much does this change the rail system in america if we amplify those areas right there? >> the potential is certainly enormous. these are areas that they have passenger service, but it's slow, not convenient, hardly competitive with riding a car or flying in a plane. if you can actually get this
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done, this is really just -- this $8 billion is an early down payment on that. you could create a new transportation system that would be greener and also help relieve congestion on our highways and airports. >> $8 billion, put that in perspective. it's not enough to get the entire job done. how much would be enough? >> the estimates are -- just for california alone the estimates about $45 billion to get that train going down all the way to link the state from san francisco down to san diego. imagine nationwide it's well over $100 billion. this is not meant to pay for the entire project. this is meant to be seed money. >> seed money to get the environmental impact reports, different kinds of things, i mean it's not necessarily start laying tracks. >> exactly. they did announce one in florida, and that's likely to be the first one to go. there you have a state that's much more ready, completed the environmental impact assessment for that rail project, they have some of the money set. near $2.5 billion going to california is not enough to pay for that. the states will have to hold most of the burden here.
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>> right. a what about americans willingness to ride the rails? if you look at amtrak their ridership is up, 36%. in the last ten years. rail advocates say the country is hungry for rail ridership. >> i think that's true. we saw when gas prices were higher a couple years ago, you saw enormous increase in public transit and inner city passenger rail was part of that. that said, in areas that the rest of the world where you see high speed rail you see greater density and passenger numbers. >> you said high-speed rail. that's not necessarily what we're looking at here? >> no. most of this money, most of the $8 billion will go to improving the existing rail system. maybe slightly faster rail will be probably the right way to look at it right now. >> all right. what's likely do you think that we could mirror that what you see in japan and europe? i mean, is that where we're heading or is that pretty high task? >> well, it's very high task. you know, we have to look -- the united states built a major
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interstate highway system in the 1950s. if we're going to do this it will take a lot of public money, dedicated revenue source like the gas tax pays for highways. if we're willing to pay for it it will be something to pay for itself down the line. >> thanks so much. we will see. prince harry is on a three-day visit to the island of barbados hopes to raise money for his charity and the victims of the haiti earthquake. tom aspell is in london with more. what's the latest on this royal romp in barbados? >> well, good morning, alex. britain's prince harry, he's third in line to the thrown, he's been making his second official trip oversees this time to the caribbean island of barbados. the 25-year-old grandson of queen elizabeth visited a hospital in bridgetown to comfort children, a task he said was inspired by the charity work of his late mother, princess diana. >> follow in her footsteps. william and i will always try to achieve what she achieved in the short space of time she did.
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but i think it's like mother like son, like father like son. >> prince harry also attended a fund-raiser for victims of haiti's earthquake. he returns to britain after the weekend. alex? >> okay. this is an official trip? this follows the one his brother william did to australia recently. is this something that they're starting to do on behalf of the queen for any certain reason? >> i think we'll see more of these trips, alex. the monarchy wants to promote a new younger image and the queen is in her 80s, prince charles in his 60s so the young princes give a much more vibrant image, particularly valuable in an age when more and more of the oversees possessions like australia and canada seem to be considering to declare themselves republics. alex? >> tom aspell in london, thanks so much, tom. 53 beautiful young ladies went to las vegas with dreams of cash and prizes but only one emerged victorious. the contestants in the 2010 miss america pageant stepped up their game with a rousing dance number
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you're going to work harder the next minute, the next minute after that. >> reporter: it's comprehensive training because to become a s.e.a.l. you have to do it all. from shooting high-tech weapons to basic hand-to-hand combat, from underwater demolition to parachuting into war zones. extreme fitness is absolutely critical to pulling it all off. >> it's all about feeling comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. still being able to pay attention to those details that can get you killed. >> reporter: california is ground zero for whipping s.e.a.l. candidates into the best shape of their lives. >> we can do this all day. >> reporter: at the demanding training s.e.a.l. camp called buds. >> you don't know how far you can be pushed or capable of going until you get through this. >> think two hours of boat training in cold water is hard? the day is just getting started. >> come on, guys. keep it up. >> reporter: how about another two hours, carrying 200 pound logs or 300 pound inflatable
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rafts. hundreds of pushups, sit juns, even to get fed they have to run, six miles a day back and forth to the chow hall. almost every s.e.a.l. candidate has been a successful high school, college or even olympic athlete but that means that their skills and strengths are often sports specific. so they're trying to push them to a new level of fitness at every level of training. class number 280 started with 117 candidates. already by day three, 19 went d.o.r., dropped on request and turned in their helmets. typically only 20 or 25% will make it through and buds is a taste of what it means to be a s.e.a.l. >> every one of them will probably be colder, will probably seem wetter and more tired and miserable than they experienced during training and that's why we do this. >> reporter: to maintain extreme fitness veteran s.e.a.l.s play as hard as they work. >> my little thing is iron mans. it's what i do. >> reporter: and endurance sports are a s.e.a.l.'s idea of fun.
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mother nature provided a fitting snowy backdrop this weekend as the olympic torch relay continued its coastto coast trek across canada.
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ceremonies held in prince george as they brought that closer to vancouver, only 12 days to go. you can catch all the pageantry of the opening ceremony on your local nbc station. i'm getting excited about that. >> me too. >> carmen is here. april 15th will be here before you know it, not excited about that. this tax season a number of new and expanded tax breaks for about everyone. even the irs says the tax savings are expected to boost refunds above last year. i am excited about this segment. let's get to carmen wong ullrich from cnbc. how will this happen is? >> most of americans there's a lot of credits. we love credits. this is a lop off the bill you owe. deductions that cut down your income but we want credit. quite a few we can claim for '09 and some new ones. for example, for education, if you have a college student in the family or if you're a student, up to $2500 is the american opportunity credit a big bump up from the hope credit. want to look into that. even if you're a student and didn't make money, 40% of that credit is yours.
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also for home energy, we know the energy efficient windows, energy efficient appliances, that's up to $1500 tax credit as well, which is nice. you have to spend at least $500. if you've done anything solar, installation and materials, no cap on that, 30% credit on what you pay. >> okay. we've heard about buying new cars and getting tax breaks. the home buyer tax breaks. >> yes. >> those are still in effect. >> this is still in effect. not the car. the car, that ends at the end of 2009. >> okay. >> so -- but here's the thing with the cars, sales and excise tax if you live in like new york, really expensive. a great tax break. for the homes, this has been extended through april. it did change after november 9th. you have to go to irs.gov to look at income caps. first-time home buyers haven't owned a home in the past three years, up to $8,000. if you have owned a home in the past five years, $6500 tax credit. what about the tax breaks the president is talking about with kids and elderly paint parents? >> this is a good one, the child
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care tax credit part of the middle-class task initiative. this all has to pass, of course, through this year. but if it goes through, that's up to $3,000 tax credit for child care costs. as you know it's very, very expensive in this country. >> sure. >> if you have two kids up to $6,000. for the elderly not necessarily a tax credit reduction but it is to help your cost expenses. >> you said tax credit and deduction. what's the different? >> very different. a tax credit is that when you get that bill, let's say you owe $3,000, get $1,000 tax credit now you owe $2,000. we love credits. always want a credit and there's lots now. deduction, say you make $50,000. you deduct, let's say $1,000 deduction now you make 49 and get taxed on the 49 as opposed to the 50. deductions are good but tax credit it's an instant discount. >> how do you feel about those tax softwares, people will go out and get the turbo tax or tax turbo -- whatever it is. >> i used them.
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next on msnbc sunday -- u.s. church members purportedly trying to rescue children in
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haiti are arrested. why? toyota's full-page tell-all. when will the car maker start fixing the millions of cars? broken limbs and frozen lines, the impact of an arctic blast of winter in the southeast. they're rough and ready or not. a dramatic look at an elite u.s. fighting force in training that bravery, the braun and the battle to survive. good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc sunday" where it's 9:00 a.m. on the east coast, 6:00 a.m. out west. we're going to bring you all that and the most trusted celebrities in america. ten americans detained in port-au-prince on allegations of child trafficking. the ten part of an idaho church group were arrested after they tried to transport 33 haitian children across the border. nbc's michele kosinski has the latest from port-au-prince. >> reporter: this group of ten people from a baptist church in idaho had to spendas

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